HR experiences a software Renaissance

Ottawa-based Corporate Renaissance Group on Monday launched its Web-based emPerform software, specifically targeting human resource (HR) professionals.

The collaborative software aims to track responsibilities, set and evaluate objectives and standards, develop competencies and skills and evaluate overall employee performance.

One company spokesperson clearly identified that HR is driving the demand for the software.

“Without a doubt…(HR) is the department right now that is going through performance evaluations and leading the charge on this kind of thing,” said John Hitsman, product manager, Corporate Renaissance Group in Ottawa. He added that the software is geared at medium-sized companies with approximately 100 to 150 employees.

As a Microsoft Certified partner, Hitsman said the company is currently offering a customized integration package which is compatible with Microsoft’s Great Plains enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and it is planning a complete software integration product to be ready for March of this year.

Debbie Fischer, chief people office at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in Toronto, said HR-based software has been a growth area for several years, and is most often tied in with some type of ERP-based software. The rise in demand can be linked to the increased role HR now plays within the organization, she added.

“When you get to the more strategic level of supporting the business, HR is seen as an investment and the money that is put into HR programs, you need to look at the ROI (return on investment) of these programs and it’s really hard to do this without a supportive system,” Fischer said.

Aside from the average day-to-day functions around HR, she added that as legislation and record keeping has surged, so in turn has the need for systems to support those functions.

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